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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE WEEKLY CLAIMS REPORT

          SEASONALLY ADJUSTED DATA

In the week ending Sept. 11, the advance figure for seasonally adjusted initial claims was 450,000, a decrease of 3,000 from the previous week's revised figure of 453,000. The 4-week moving average was 464,750, a decrease of 13,500 from the previous week's revised average of 478,250.

The advance seasonally adjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.5 percent for the week ending Sept. 4, a decrease of 0.1 percentage point from the prior week's revised rate of 3.6 percent.

The advance number for seasonally adjusted insured unemployment during the week ending Sept. 4 was 4,485,000, a decrease of 84,000 from the preceding week's revised level of 4,569,000. The 4-week moving average was 4,503,000, a decrease of 7,500 from the preceding week's revised average of 4,510,500.

UNADJUSTED DATA

The advance number of actual initial claims under state programs, unadjusted, totaled 339,838 in the week ending Sept. 11, a decrease of 38,145 from the previous week. There were 411,126 initial claims in the comparable week in 2009.

The advance unadjusted insured unemployment rate was 3.1 percent during the week ending Sept. 4, a decrease of 0.2 percentage point from the prior week. The advance unadjusted number for persons claiming UI benefits in state programs totaled 3,888,599, a decrease of 246,280 from the preceding week. A year earlier, the rate was 4.0 percent and the volume was 5,300,249.

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Extended benefits were available in Alabama, Alaska, Arizona, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, the District of Columbia, Florida, Georgia, Idaho, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, Ohio, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Puerto Rico, Rhode Island, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, Washington, West Virginia, and Wisconsin during the week ending Aug. 28.

Initial claims for UI benefits by former Federal civilian employees totaled 4,912 in the week ending Sept. 4, an increase of 192 from the prior week. There were 4,226 initial claims by newly discharged veterans, an increase of 1,581 from the preceding week.

There were 36,028 former Federal civilian employees claiming UI benefits for the week ending Aug. 28, an increase of 10,986 from the previous week. Newly discharged veterans claiming benefits totaled 42,054, an increase of 1,253 from the prior week.

States reported 4,108,529 persons claiming EUC (Emergency Unemployment Compensation) benefits for the week ending Aug. 28, a decrease of 402,116 from the prior week. There were 3,178,368 claimants in the comparable week in 2009. EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.

The highest insured unemployment rates in the week ending Aug. 28 were in Puerto Rico (7.3 percent), New Jersey (4.6), Pennsylvania (4.6), Alaska (4.4), Oregon (4.4), California (4.2), Connecticut (4.2), Nevada (4.2), Illinois (4.0), and Rhode Island (3.9).

The largest increases in initial claims for the week ending Sept. 4 were in Pennsylvania (+1,442), Washington (+1,190), Texas (+809), Kansas (+698), and Kentucky (+581), while the largest decreases were in Florida (-5,619), New York (-2,907), Michigan (-2,864), Connecticut (-802), and Virginia
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UNEMPLOYMENT INSURANCE DATA FOR REGULAR STATE PROGRAMS

Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 11 Sept. 4 Change Aug. 28 Year

Initial Claims (SA) 450,000 453,000 -3,000 478,000 547,000
Initial Claims (NSA) 339,838 377,983 -38,145 383,111 411,126
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 464,750 478,250 -13,500 487,000 559,500
Advance Prior1
WEEK ENDING Sept. 4 Aug. 28 Change Aug. 21 Year

Ins. Unemployment (SA) 4,485,000 4,569,000 -84,000 4,479,000 6,113,000
Ins. Unemployment (NSA) 3,888,599 4,134,879 -246,280 4,125,425 5,300,249
4-Wk Moving Average (SA) 4,503,000 4,510,500 -7,500 4,491,000 6,077,500

Ins. Unemployment Rate (SA)2 3.5% 3.6% -0.1 3.5% 4.6%
Ins. Unemployment Rate (NSA)2
3.1% 3.3% -0.2 3.3% 4.0%

INITIAL CLAIMS FILED IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

       
Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Sept. 4
Aug. 28
Change
Year

Federal Employees 4,912 4,720 +192 1,560
Newly Discharged Veterans 4,226 2,645 +1,581 2,260

PERSONS CLAIMING UI BENEFITS IN FEDERAL PROGRAMS (UNADJUSTED)

Prior1
WEEK ENDING
Aug. 28
Aug. 21
Change
Year

Federal Employees 36,028 25,042 +10,986 20,455
Newly Discharged Veterans 42,054 40,801 +1,253 30,302
Railroad Retirement Board 4,000 4,000 0 10,000
Extended Benefits 853,631 959,368 -105,737 805,501
EUC 20083 4,108,529 4,510,645 -402,116 3,178,368

FOOTNOTES
SA - Seasonally Adjusted Data
NSA - Not Seasonally Adjusted Data
1 - Prior year is comparable to most recent data.
2 - Most recent week used covered employment of 126,763,245 as denominator.
3 - EUC weekly claims include first, second, third, and fourth tier activity.
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UNADJUSTED INITIAL CLAIMS FOR WEEK ENDED 09/04/2010 


STATES WITH A DECREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
FL -5,619 Fewer layoffs in the construction, trade, and service industries, and agriculture.
NY -2,907 Fewer layoffs in the transportation and service industries.
MI -2,864 Fewer layoffs in the automobile industry.

STATES WITH AN INCREASE OF MORE THAN 1,000 
State Change State Supplied Comment
WA +1,190 Layoffs in the construction, service, and manufacturing industries.
PA +1,442 Layoffs in the transportation equipment, construction, and service industries.

State Detail Prior Week
UI Claims Series 1967 to current

 


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